- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Standartenführer / Oberst der Schützenpolizei (Colonel)
- Kommandeur SS-Polizei Schützen-Regiment 2
- Awarded on:
- September 11th, 1941
Hans-Christian Schulze was a regimental commander in the SS-Polizei Division during operation Barbarossa. In August 1941 the division was tasked with the capture of the city of Luga and the surrounding area, which lay on the road to Leningrad, and the assault began on the 10th of that month. The battle turned into a very bloody fight for the division, with many of its soldiers dying in the battle including the divisional commander, General Mulverstadt. Finally, the division was ready to attack Luga itself on the 23rd of August. Schulze’s regiment attacked right down the middle towards the city centre, with Schulze himself leading from the front. When his regiment had to cross the main bridge over the river Luga, Schulze went so far as to remove some of the demolition charges on the bridge personally! By the evening of the second day his regiment had completed the capture of the city. It is presumed that his Knight’s Cross stemmed from this action.